Rebecca Shlafer

Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics
Faculty, School of Public Health


Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health. Dr. Shlafer joined the faculty in September 2012 after completing a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship in the Division (2010-2012). Dr. Shlafer completed her Masters in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and her PhD in Child Psychology at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Shlafer's research focuses on promoting the health and well-being of children and families exposed to the criminal legal system. Much of her work focuses on the health of children with parents in prison and jail, as well as the programs and policies that impact families affected by incarceration.
Dr. Shlafer has taught the writing seminar for the interdisciplinary training program in Adolescent Health, as well as undergraduate courses in Child Psychology and through the University Honors program. 
In addition to her research and teaching activities, Dr. Shlafer served as a volunteer guardian ad litem in Hennepin County for nearly 10 years where she served as an advocate for abused and neglected children involved in juvenile court.


MPH in Maternal and Child Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota
PhD in Child Psychology, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
MS in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Programs (LEAH),
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Honors and Recognition

Behavioral/Community Science Paper of the Year (Associate or Full Professor), Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2023, 2024)
Outstanding Junior Mentor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
New Investigator Award, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Excellence in Child Health Advocacy, University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics



General Pediatrics & Adolescent Health
717 Delaware St SE, 3rd floor
Minneapolis, MN 55414